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Without curiosity a Christian's life is incomplete. His relationship with God is incomplete. His connections to others are incomplete. He doesn't know how to interact with the world around him-politics, media, art, entertainment, science, and so much more simply fly past or overwhelm him. Without curiosity he can never discover deep things, deep connections God tucked below the banal surface of life.
Author Barnabas Piper explores what curiosity is, and how it affects relationships. What if people so sought to learn about each other that the most unlikely people became advocates and friends? It would be transformative, and it would stem from curiosity. Paperback.
Number of Pages: 156
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.32 (inches)|
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Not so fast. Just because we grow up doesnt mean we should lose our wonder at the world, or the people around us. When we do, we lose so much because curious is how God made us to be.
Without curiosity a Christians life is incomplete. His relationship with God is incomplete. His connections to others are incomplete. He doesnt know how to interact with the world around himpolitics, media, art, entertainment, science, and so much more simply fly past or overwhelm him. Without curiosity he can never discover deep things, deep connections God tucked below the banal surface of life.
Author Barnabas Piper explores what curiosity is, and how it affects relationships. What if people so sought to learn about each other that the most unlikely people became advocates and friends?
It would be transformative, and it would stem from curiosity.
Booklover104 Stars Out Of 5Makes me think about parenting in a different wayMay 9, 2017Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Curiosity. Somehow it leaves us as grow, whether because we think our questions are silly or we are trained to stop asking those questions. As I pondered some of what he wrote about the curious Christian, it made me aware of how I hide my questions. I like to stare at things, like bridges, and wonder how each part works. Or amusement park rides. Even planes. Very rarely do I voice these questions though, because I am sure to be met with a laugh or no answer at all. So Google has become my friend when it comes to answering my "why's."
Barnabas Piper credits his mom for encouraging his curiosity and shares how his mom is really curious, too. That struck me as a mom. How easy it is to squash the questions of my children instead of saying "I wonder why..." His speaking on his mom and curiosity spurred some ideas of my own when it comes to parenthood. I even loved how his parents made him think about things different when it came to movies and books. Instead of saying "you shouldn't read it or watch it," they wanted to know "why." That gave him an opportunity to explore the reason for himself of why he really wanted to read a certain book or watch a certain movie.
This book reminded me that it was good to be curious. Although this wasn't a parenting book, I think it was a good reminder to me to encourage curiosity in my children. I wouldn't say the book held any earth-shattering thoughts or ideas, but Piper does share his passion for curiosity clearly in the pages. I ended the book eager to ask more questions dealing with "why."
I received this book from Lifeway and B & H Publishers.
Floyd JohnsonUpstate NYAge: 55-65Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5Curiosity And The ChristianApril 18, 2017Floyd JohnsonUpstate NYAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3A broad look at curiosity and the Christian, the author makes a solid case for the role curiosity plays in the life of a believer whether the ordinary layman living a rather mundane life or the scholar who is researching questions of lasting consequences. Questions are part of being human whether it is in culture, the sciences, or faith.
The author explores a number of questions related to curiosity:
1. What are we to be curious about?
2. Are there topics which are out of bounds?
3. How do we satisfy our curiosity?
4. Are there eternal consequences for our curiosity?
My favorite chapter was actually the final chapter How to Live a Curious Life in which the author provides 12 takeaways for living the curious life. It summarizes much of what has been discussed in the earlier parts of the book.
Ultimately, I was somewhat disappointed in the book's presentation. It did not draw me in, nor was it as practical as I would have liked. Much of it consists of a description of one mans personal journey as a curious person perhaps of interest to some, not to this reader. This is one book I will not be adding to my permanent library.
This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
grae_bird5 Stars Out Of 5Curious LoveMarch 22, 2017grae_birdQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul, strength, and curiosity.. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant. Love is curious. Curious???
Barnabas Piper in The Curious Christian convincingly connects curiosity to work, leadership, media, culture, racial tensions, as well as our Christian life. His integral weaving of curiosity into every aspect of life is valuable and helpful. I also appreciated his comprehensive take, helping satisfy some of my curious questions about curiosity: What is right and appropriate? Boundaries? How? What questions? Why do we lose our curiosity? What helps grow it? What is the benefits?
However, what stood out to me the most is his linking curiosity to love. Love of God and love of neighbor. Essentials of the Christian life. How can we truly love God and others without being curious about them? What do you like? What interests you? What pleases you? What dont I know about God and others that would enrich my relationship? How can I truly love you better? If God is holy, what does it mean to be holy? How can I be holy? Thank you, Barnabas Piper, for sparking a curious thirst and hunger in me. May all who read his book find a similar enrichment and a similar hunger to seek the Lord! (More on my blog at http://astonescry.blogspot.com/2017/03/review-curious-christian.html ).
*I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.
jyoung3 Stars Out Of 5it was ok...March 7, 2017jyoungQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3I loved Barnabas Pipers book about Pastors Kids so when I saw he had written another book I was eager to read it. I excitedly opened it up and read a few pages and found I was having a hard time staying attentive to what he was saying. A whole lot of definition and going around and around about curiosity. I am naturally a very curious person. I love learning new things and read a lot. This book was hard for me to get into. I was disappointed that the book felt a little drony for me. Curiosity is such a basic concept I almost felt like he was over thinking it a bit. For a person who struggles with curiosity I feel the book can be helpful... a book has to grab me within the first few chapters or I'm out.
I received this book from the publisher and netgalley in exchange for my honest review.